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Cedar Graduation Cap by Kittehrloaf Cedar Graduation Cap by Kittehrloaf
I ended up basket weaving my graduation cap for graduating high school. :D I was the first to ever do this at the school I went to, plus I also ended up being a speaker at the ceremony (in front of 800 or so people no less).

This took a while, it's fairly easy to do... it just takes a lot of time. The top part of the cap was the most frustrating. I used sinew and twine, purple and white for my school's colors. I also sewed an abalone button on top. The back had leather for a more secure fit (my dad helped me with that part). Also, I ended up wearing beaded baby eagle feathers (my mom beaded them for me).

Material: red cedar
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:iconlivingol247:
Your woven graduation hat is one of the best I have seen!! I love that you plaited the "cap" part instead of the typical headband braid that I have seen. My daughter is graduating and we are making her a cedar bark graduation cap. I have a question for you about how you attached the mortar board to the cap part. It almost looks like you sewed the mortar board to the cap. In your first picture, it looks like there is something along the top edge of the cap that gave the stablity to attach the board to it. Any advice you can give with respect to attaching the mortar board to the cap would be greatly appreciated!
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Kittehrloaf Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. It was my first time making something like this, my teacher (I've been taking basket weaving classes at Northwest Indian College) had me use a curved needle to sew them together, we had to make sure the thread didn't show through on the top.
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That is awesome! A curved needle! Great tip! For your band, did you have something on the edge - fabric or something that you sewed the mortar board to? It almost looks like there is something on the edge - something dark. We have done weaving through our Tribal Center, but there aren't many students wanting to make their graduation caps. We think it is a great way to honor our culture.
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Kittehrloaf Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, I did not use any extra cloth. The reason why it looks darker right there, if you look closer at the detail/and at the bottom of the band; the edging is actually folded inwards to give more stability to where the mortar board is connected to the band.

When I get my cap back (It was entered in the American Indian Higher Education Conference (AIHEC)in Green Bay, Wisconsin earlier this week), I'll take closer pictures with a better/higher resolution camera to help you see what I did.
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SleyTheDent Dec 22, 2012   Artisan Crafter
very nice work - congratulations
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I featured your lovely work here: [link]
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Kittehrloaf Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconnadinebanana77:
I should make one for myself for this year! :D
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Kittehrloaf Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That'd be nice. :3
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